Capo d'Africa Hotel
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Cliche Number One: Rome has Churches. Lots of Churches. Churches on top of Churches on top of Churches. For example, the Basilica San Clemente is a medieval church built on top of an early Roman church built on top of an Imperial Roman shrine to Mithra. We attended Mass there and ended up sitting here - the Schola. It was pretty cool except that it …
We rose at 6am to get to the Vatican for our private tour before all the crowd got there....well, that's not possible unless you are Hillary Clinton (or so I heard she got one). It was a real "Goat Rodeo". Definitely not worth seeing under any conditions. I would have preferred getting a good book and sitting in a comfortable chair with an …
Just a few blocks from our hotel is the famous Coliseum. We got in queue for what looked like we may never get to the front, so we gave that up and went for a tour ticket (10 euros more, on top of the 20 something fee ??) that didn't have a line....John and I have no patience for any of this. First of all the coliseum is much nicer from a distance …
After the fountain we went to the Time Elevator to get tickets for a 4D show about the history of Rome. We grabbed some pizza and then went back at show time. The whole show was about 45 minutes and it was like a virtual time traveling machine, starting back at the foundation of Rome, the legend and reality, and then transported you through time until present day, meanwhile explaining the significance of all the important ...
It's our last day in Roma!! And I think both of us are extremely sad to see our time end here. We felt like we heard so many horror stories about people trying to steal your passport, vendors scam you, men get handsy, and natives be really rude. We did not experience any of that. We honestly probably had the most positive experience here and I didn't even think it was possible to get better.
We had reservations for the Borghese Gallery today at 11. It's ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCapo d'Africa Hotel Rome
nice quite area and staff is extremely nice and helpful.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Capo d'Africa Hotel Rome
Clean and comfortable with a hint of luxury
Like other previous guests to this hotel I was concerned that the position would not be close enough to the centre of town. Having read the reviews I felt happier with my choice. Having stayed at the hotel, I can only say I hope I can stay again, everything was just as described by the other reviews, although we did not see the hotel Merecedes, we did overhear another guest booking it, even if the staff did not seem to be promoting the use of the car, she had to persist in her request and her request was fulfilled.
There are a number of places to eat in the area, but we did find that the different prices gave a good indication of the quality of the food, having said that, we did not eat in any of the restaurants with a view, expecting them to be poor value for money. Most of the restaurants we ate in seemed to be frequented by tourists, except for Crab which was frequented by those on an expense account!
My only fear in rating this hotel so highly, is the worry we will not be able to get into the hotel on another occasion, or the price will be too high.
It's not easy to be better.
Bigs and moderns rooms in a millenarium enviroment, friendliest staff, best value... Can you ask for more? I was in April '04 for 8 days and the stance was absolutely marvellous. If you want to have unforgettable days in Rome, Capo D'Africa is your hotel.
Absolutely Fabulous - the two words which sum up this outstanding hotel. We we slightly concerned that the hotel would be too "out of the way", but we need not have worried because although it was situated in a quiet location, a 5 minute walk took you to the Colloseum (and the Metro), and a leisurely 30 minute walk took you to the heart of Rome and the tourist attractions - and there was plenty to see along the way. The hotel oozes style and class and the staff were the friendliest Italians that we met - nothing was too much for them and they were always eager to offer help and advice. Our deluxe room was large and bright and had a big bathroom with a shower and full tub; the little touches - like the slippers and bathrobe - made it a great place to come back to at the end of the day. The rooftop terrace was lovely and, yes - you can see the Collosseum from the terrace! We used the hotels taxi - a sleek black Mercedes - to get back to the airport and it was the same price as the local city taxis so it's worth considering if you do need to go anywhere. This terrific hotel made our break in Rome extra special and I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates the nice things in life.
We (family of 5 people) stayed this wonderful hotel in mid February, 2004. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Gave us a excellent recommendation for a restaurant to dine in Rome. We had two rooms (inter-connecting room) and it was very clean and comfortable. Highly recommended!
Modern comforts in historic neighborhood
My husband and I stayed in the Capo d'Africa in October of 2003, during our first trip to Rome. I was concerned that we weren't going to be right in the heart of old Rome (e.g. by the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps), but we were actually delighted by the location. Just 5 minutes from the Colisseum we were greeted by this sight every time we came or went from the hotel. The surrounding neighborhood also has a wide selection of pizzerias, trattorias and restaurants, so going out to dinner is easy. We enjoy walking, so the 40-45 minute walk to the Trevi Fountain/Spanish Steps was actually really enjoyable, with lots of great sights along the way. The hotel desk can secure a taxi for anyone who doesn't want to walk.
Prior to Capo d'Africa we had traveled in Tuscany and Umbria for a week, staying at very cute or historic places. The Capo d'Africa has a historic facade, but the interior is completely modern. After all the history, quaintness, and plenty of European style showers that spray water all over the floor, Capo d'Africa's bathroom, with a full shower stall and amazing water pressure, was a welcome luxury. Note that the bathrooms are a little small and do not have tubs, but their quality and other amenities are superb.
The guestroom itself was comfortable, fresh (new) and flawlessly clean.
The design is funky and modern, but not distractingly so. After long days of touring Rome we slept extremely well in the comfortable beds.
We were on the first floor and were somewhat concerned about noise (my husband is very particular in this regard), but the window construction is solid, and there were no issues. Room size, while not huge, was comfortable, and not at all cramped.
The clientele seemed to vary - we saw everything from elderly travelers to foreign businessmen, to young stylish people to Italian families and regular tourists.
After having toured Rome and having seen the tourist crowds in the heart of the old city, we were SO glad we could come back to a place that was out of the fray. Overall a fantastic stay and I would highly recommend Capo d'Africa to those who want to enjoy the sights by day but the comfort of a fine hotel by night.
Excellent staff & great rooms
Stayed here over the New Year's holiday and agree with all the other reviewers posts. Rooms are lovely and modern, our only gripe was the lack of a high speed internet connection anywhere in the hotel.We got a fantastic deal given the holiday time frame, but as mentioned previously the hotel is a bit off the beaten path. Next time I am in Rome I am likely to choose a hotel with a bit more central location. Staff was excellent and had good suggestions for restaurants and even arranged a Mercedes car service to the airport.
Ideal for Ancient Rome
Very modern designer style in a traditional building giving high ceilingsand lots of space in a bright environment. Excellent buffet breakfast,attentive staff and everything you need in the room, (except coffee making facilities), including minibar, cable, computer wiring, hair dryer, double glazing (but it is on a very quiet back street - a bonus), quiet air con! etc. The hotel is used by Italians too! 5 mins walk to the Colosseum and therefore no hardship to walk a further 5 mins beside it to the Metro. The entrance to THE PALATINE HILL, DOMUS AUREA, ST CLEMENTS (don't miss this treat) and THE FORUM are within 10 mins slow walk. We even walked back from the Vatican in under 2 hours including refreshment stops! There is a variety of dining is around the hotel from local trattorias to quality restaurants all within a few minutes. Well recommended
Fantastic hotel close to Colosseum & Palatine
This is a fantastic find. Exterior & interior have a really cool understated modern elegance. On the other hand, the staff are warm, friendly, courteous and offer very good advice on what to see. Within easy walking distance are all the sites of ancient Rome (Colosseum 10 mins, Via Sacra, Palatine Hill, Domus Aurea etc...) They also gave good tips on places to eat locally at all price levels, always good quality.Rooms are stylish, quiet & big. The large double bed was extremely comfortable (more than you can say for some hotels !) Bathroom very well equipped. A (minor) moan that applies to most hotels - why, when rooms are DOUBLE, do they only provide one easy chair and one upright chair - at Capo d'Africa there was plenty of room for two.The breakfast room on the rooftop has 2 terraces, one on either side. Even on an early November Sunday, it was warm eough to sit and sunbathe ! Breakfasts good. Lobby bar excellent with a lively charming barman who had studied in England.Within 10 minutes of the hotel......Walk round the outside of the Colosseum, past the entrance. Almost opposite the metro, you should see a group of English speaking tour guides who operate from what they describe as their "office", a low wall under the tree. They are absolutely tremendous - cultured and knowledgeable. They charged 18 euros for the tour (including the standard 10 euro entrance). Group tours bypass the huge queue which was about 300 people long on the morning we went in ealry November. Great value as it also included an extended tour of the Palatine Hill and Via Sacra.There is an open top red tour bus which now runs round the city (approx 2 hours depending on traffic) - goes to all main sites including St Peter's across the river. Cost is 14 euros and well worth the money as you can hop on and off all day. Catch it next to the "office" by the Colosseum, opposite the metro station.The staff at this hotel deserve an award - as a team, they are the very best we've found in any city in Europe and USA.
High Tech Modern Luxury meets the Ancient Forum of Rome
Hotel Capo d'Africa is a very unique hotel in the context of what one would expect from European hotels. On my honeymoon to Europe I was able to sample hotels in Paris, Rome, Venice and Bellagio. Capo is a completely renovated structure, which as I understand opened within the year. From the moment you step into the lobby, you are transported from the old, rundown Roman streets into a very modern and sleek environment. The hotel evokes the style of the "W" chain currently being developed. The furnishings, artwork and "vibe" all complement each other. If you are into old style European hotels with 'old world' charm and furnishings this is not the place. If you are into sleek, comfortable, modern amenities and 5 star accomodations in their standard over-size rooms (by Euro standards), this is the place. There are no keys and you enter your room by waving your passkey in front of an electric eye. There are no 'do not disturb' hangers for the door, because once inside your room and once you insert your card key into a slot in the wall that signals hotel staff via a light outside your door that you are occupying the room. The hotel staff were extremely welcoming, friendly and eager to provide suggestions for restaurants, attractions, etc. The rooftop terrace and breakfast buffet area is light and airy, a perfect start for each day of sight seeing.The only minor gripe (which ultimately has more to do with Rome's infrastructure and layout than the hotel itself) is its location. It is a bit off the beaten path in a quaint neighborhood just 3 blocks from the Colosseum.
Even to walk to the nearest metro stop takes 15-20 minutes to connect with the rest of the city. Other than that, the hotel is highly recommended. In fact, the neighborhood it is located in quickly gained our favor as we frequented restaurants and shops contained therein.
Great place for Rome
I stayed at this hotel from February 5-8, 2003. It was a brand new place with large rooms. Totally not European size. It was two blocks away from the Colosseum and within walking distance to the Forum and other famous places. The hotel had a large workout room and friendly personnel that helped with all issues.